Delhi is dangerous – not only for a woman returning alone from a night shift, as the euphemism goes – but more so for children. As many as 14 kids go missing in the Capital daily, which is an alarming eight per cent of the national total for such cases.

Released for the first time and disclosed in Parliament, the Union Home Ministry‘s data says 5,111 children disappeared in the city last year. There’s no end to the disappearing acts as 1,146 children have already gone missing till April 15 this year.

It’s another first that the government’s figures are three times higher than the 1,575 missing children for 2011 that the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an NGO, claimed earlier this month. It’s not hard to gauge the gravity of the situation because the ministry’s figures make another horrifying revelation – there is no trace of…

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